Thailand morning news for July 11

Thailand morning news for July 11

Thailand morning newsPM wins poor transparency marks
The outgoing Prayut Chan-o-cha government has a number of achievements to its name that lacked scrutiny, which raises the question of transparency, according to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
— Bangkok Post

Thai rice exports hit by strong baht, unlikely to meet 2019 goal
Thailand’s rice exports fell by 12% in the first half of 2019 hurt by a strong baht, and will likely fall short of this year’s target of 9.5 million tonnes, an exporter group said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Ethanol firm faces 5.7m baht compensation bill for death of 44 Rahu stingrays
Thailand’s Fisheries and Pollution Control departments are demanding almost six million baht in compensation from an ethanol production company for illegally discharging industrial waste into the Mae Klong River in the central provinces of Ratchaburi and Samut Songkram, killing 44 giant Rahu stingrays and several other types of fish and animals.
— Thai PBS News

Thai junta retains power to detain people without charge
Opposition politicians and the Thai public are voicing dissatisfaction with the junta’s decision to hang on to its order authorising arbitrary military detention.
— The Thaiger

Joint committee’s GDP forecast range dips below 3% growth
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) has taken a more pessimistic view by cutting its forecast range for Thailand’s full-year economic growth, with the lower end now below the 3% mark.
— Bangkok Post

Minutes confirm BoT preparing to intervene
The Bank of Thailand is preparing measures to control short-term capital inflows, while continuing to relax restrictions on outflows to cope with the strong baht, according to minutes of a policy meeting last month.
— Bangkok Post

Financial stability jeopardised
The Bank of Thailand (BoT)’s two key committees have voiced concern that rising household debt poses a threat to financial stability.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s cooling car sales may shift economy into lower gear
Efforts by Thailand’s central bank to talk down a spike in auto loans amid wider concerns about household debt have sent a chill across the country’s car dealers, which are struggling to source finance for new customers.
— Reuters

Gen Chaicharn denies police asked Ja New to stop political activities in exchange for protection
Deputy Defence Minister Chaicharn Changmongkol has dismissed as misleading media reports that police had set the condition, that political activist Sirawith Seritiwat, alias Ja New, must stop his political activities, if he is to be accorded police protection.
— Thai PBS News

ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting takes place in Thailand
The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) is taking place in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok from July 10 to 12 under the theme of sustainable security.
— Vietnamplus

Two million migrant workers allowed to register
The meeting of the Committee on Migrant Worker Management Policy has proposed a resolution to allow migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar whose work permits are expiring in 2019 and 2020 to renew their documents without leaving the Kingdom.
— NBT World (video)

Govt to get WB aid for marine debris
The World Bank has pledged to provide financial support for the government’s efforts to manage marine debris on its waters, said the permanent secretary for natural resources and environment, Wijarn Simachaya.
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut’s cabinet announced
Almost four months after the March 24th general election, the much-awaited cabinet of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been formally announced after the publication of the Royal Command in the Royal Gazette today (Wednesday).
— Thai PBS News

Thai sugar output seen down 7% y/y, price lowest in decade
Thailand is expected to produce around 13 million tonnes of sugar in the upcoming growing season, down 7% from a year earlier, the country’s cane and sugar body said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

A Convicted MP Can Become Minister: Deputy PM
A deputy PM confirmed on Wednesday that a Phalang Pracharat MP nominated to the incoming cabinet is eligible despite allegations he has been convicted of a crime in another country.
— Khaosod English

Tesla S coming to Thailand?
I was passed on the freeway the other day by a Tesla. It passed me so fast I was unable to keep up so I could look at the pointy end of the car.
— Pattaya Mail

Throw open Phuket tram bidding, urges PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed the importance of making the bidding for the planned 35 billion baht tram system in Phuket as universal as possible, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Army sergeant faces charges over death of leopard cat
Disciplinary action is being taken against a soldier in Chiang Mai province who is accused of killing an endangered leopard cat, according to army spokeswoman Col Sirichan Nga-thong.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya Tourism Association forecasts 19 million visitors, 5% increase this year, CP has big complex in the works
Nikkei Asian Review released an article this week in which they stated that the head of the cities Business and Tourism Association has forecast a total of 19 million visitors to the city this year, a 5% total increase, which is nearly half of the total predicted 40 million visitors.
— The Pattaya News

Transport Co to provide transport for travelers during Buddhist Lent
The President of the Transport Company Limited had announced that the firm will provide about 9,200 public transport trips per day to accommodate passengers at Bangkok Bus Terminals in Chatuchak, Ekamai and on Borommaratchachonnani Road, in order to facilitate people traveling during the Asalha Bucha and Buddhist Lent holidays from July 12th-17th.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon flies 100km in US$37 million police jet, reigniting backlash against extravagant spending
Thailand’s deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwon has once again become a lightning rod for public suspicion of military leadership and government spending after photographs emerged of him disembarking a 1.14 billion baht (US$37 million) police jet.
— South China Morning Post

Remembering those behind Thailand’s daring cave rescue | Video
The rescue effort to bring 12 boys and their football coach out of the Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand was an unprecedented operation involving more than 1,000 people.
— CNA

PM publicizes zinnia as symbol of Day of Mercy for the Mentally Disabled
The Prime Minister has invited members of the public to buy zinnia flowers from the Foundation for the Welfare of the Mentally Disabled of Thailand under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, on the occasion of the Day of Mercy for the Mentally Retarded scheduled for July 14th.
— NBT World (video)

Thai produce shipments to China rising
The Trade Negotiations Department says shipments of fruits and vegetables to China rose by 31% year-on-year to US$1.2 billion in the January-May period, boosted by the Asean-China Free Trade Area.
— Fresh Plaza

Thailand to host ASEAN Senior Economic Officials’ Meeting
The Department of Trade Negotiations (DTN) is preparing to organize the third Meeting of the Senior Economic Officials for the Fiftieth ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (SEOM 3/50) from July 14th to 18th, pushing forward mutual economic cooperation with 9 partner countries.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand Opens 2019 Round of Permanent Residency Applications
The 2019 round of applications for permanent residency in Thailand is open from July 1 until the last business day of December 2019.
— Lexology

Thais fined for failing to report resident foreigners within 24 hours
Thai nationals have been charged and fined for failing to report foreigners who were staying at their accommodations within 24 hours of checking in.
— The Thaiger

Police raid Phang Nga drug dealer with more than 100,000 meth pills
Police conduced a drug bust in Phang Nga and seized more than a 100,000 methamphetamine pills, considered a large amount from a southern local drug dealer.
— The Thaiger

Cops Arrest Netizens Who Said Police Were Behind Activist Attack
Police have made the first arrests in connection with the physical assault on activist Sirawith “Ja New” Seritiwat – but it wasn’t the attackers who were detained.
— Khaosod English

Concrete pieces from Ari BTS station in Bangkok fall on road below
Concrete panelling has fallen from the Ari skytrain station. Luckily there was no one injured. Isara Ariyachaipanich posted photos on his Facebook page showing a huge slab of concrete laying on the road beneath the structure of the Ari BTS station.
— The Thaiger

Cops swoop on forest gambling den, detain 26
Twenty-six people, including a tambon chief, were caught gambling on dice games and cockfighting at a den in a forest reserve in Nop Phi Tham district on Tuesday evening, local officials said.
— Bangkok Post

Restore the rights of unfairly criminalized villagers in the Sai Thong National case
Manushya Foundation and the ThaiBusiness & Human Rights Network call on the Thai authorities to drop all charges against the 14 residents of Sab Wai village in the Sai Thong national park case.
— Isaan Record

Zebra Crossings to be made “safe” says Chief of Royal Thai police, progress already being made locally
The Chief of the Thai Royal police has stated this week that he has ordered enforcement of zebra crossings across the country and to begin work to ensure that they are safe, especially in tourist towns such as Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Korean TVs “Law of the Jungle” leaves viewers dismayed about Thai episodes
Thailand’s ‘Post Today’, is reporting that South Korean TV viewers were dismayed when they learned that the production crew and cast of the SBS Television show “Law of the Jungle” had caught protected giant clams while filming the series in Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Crackdown on motorbikes continues, expanded to rental shops, foreigners without licenses
We have been reporting for several weeks now about the police being stricter on customized motorbikes, exhausts, racing, etc. in the city after a Russian tourist was killed a few weeks ago, allegedly by a group of people racing on a major road.
— The Pattaya News

Supreme Court sentences ex-deputy education minister Chaowarin to two years
Former deputy education minister Chaowarin Latthasaksiri, alias Kobori, was today sentenced to two years in prison, without suspension, by the Supreme Court after he was found guilty of defrauding B.C.P. Trading, a Cambodian company, out of about 11 million baht in a cement deal.
— Thai PBS News

How to efficiently prevent and control African Swine Fever (ASF)?
Thailand is working with other ASEAN countries in the prevention of the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).
— NBT World (video)

Thailand Interested In Expanding Economic, Military Cooperation With Russia – Embassy
Thailand is interested in developing relations with Russia in the economic area, as well as in the field of defense industry cooperation, Fabio Chinda, charge d’affairs at the Thai embassy in Moscow, told Sputnik.
— UrduPoint News

Japan-style ‘water bank’ ready in Aug
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will complete building the underground “water bank” at flood-prone Asok-Din Daeng Road next month, to better protect the area against severe inundation, according to Deputy Bangkok governor Jakkraphan Phewngam.
— Bangkok Post

Young Smart Farmers Growing Thailand’s Upward Economic Trend
A new generation is like an essential perennial plant growing its branches to support Thailand to reach the anticipated economic goal.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank invests in Go-Jek, says report
TGo-Jek has raised an undisclosed sum in additional funding towards its ongoing Series F round from Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), says a DailySocial report.
— e27

Student Charged With Assault For Kicking 15-Year-Old Into Coma
A student has been charged with physical assault for allegedly kicking a 15-year-old underclassman into a coma, according to an anti-hazing activist on Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Thong Jamsri, Last Communist Leader, Dies at 98
An ex-leader of the Communist guerilla movement, who later took up the cause of democratizing Thailand, died today at the age of 98.
— Khaosod English

More developers offer education appeal
The number of international schools in Thailand has exceeded 200, the third highest in Southeast Asia as of 2018, driven by demand from Thai parents who seek culturally diverse environments for their children, according to a study.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM warns about patients relying on medical marijuana as magic cure
Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday spoke up about the current flood of interest as Thai public health authorities roll out the first phase of medical cannabis to patients.
— The Thaiger

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010 and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

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